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I went to Schucks Auto Supply here in Portland and asked (jokingly, really) for a price on a short block 351W lightning roller cam motor. The guy said "Um, let me see... $600 + $250 core".

I thought these motors were rare and extremely hard to come by. Aren't they?

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you probably talked to the same guy that said "sure I have a Boss 302, under 302 hipo, 600 plus core". Actually, the 351W truck (which is what the Lightning motor is based on) short block is not all that difficult to find, especially used. I would think any 93 or later F250 and above (and some of the F150s) would have the 351W roller motor installed, HOWEVER, keep in mind they DID NOT come roller equiped. My crate short block assembly came with a hydraulic cam which is what the Lightnings originally came with. The 93 351W short block is not special in the same way that a 5.0 roller short block is not special. They aren't hard to come by these days and provide an excellent foundation to build a high tech, high horsepower motor with excellent strength characteristics.....

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I agree with Randy. What is rare today is finding a new Lighting short block sold through Ford Motorsport as M-6009-B58. They simply ran out of them and now sell a rebuilt as a substitute. I just looked at the 12-27-96 invoice/special order form for mine. I remember just asking the price at a Pep Boys and was just floored the price was so good. How could I turn down $1,256.36 plus sales tax with no freight charge.

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In the case of the late 351, would you use all the roller parts from a 5.0 to install the roller cam? (lifters, spider, dist. gear, etc.). Also, are all 351s 28oz imbalance like early 302/289s?

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I actually saw the screen and it said that it was a short block 351W Lightning Rlr Cam Short Block.... still seems to good to be true tho.

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I lucked out a few years back by getting the new in the crate Lightning short block assembly from a local speed shop here in Riverside, Ca. Evidently someone put some cash down and ordered it but never picked it up. I moved in on it and picked it up for 1200 bucks. They have been obsolete for some time now.

the 93 and later 351W roller configured blocks take ALL 5.0 roller components including the stock 5.0 lifters, oil galley spider and lifter retainers. the block is drilled and tapped for the spider. all 351W including the newer ones are a 28oz imbalance like the earlier 289/302 and 351s. My next project will be a bit more ambitious using again either a SVO Sportsman block or an aluminum SVO block that will be stroked at bored to at least 427 inches. Aluminum high flow heads, roller valvetrains and high cubic inch combinations (through the use of stroker combos) is definitely "the thing" of the millenium. at 49 years of age, I am "rediscovering" the true meaning of speed through all the advances made in engine design and technology....

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